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Author Topic: Jim Al-Khalili  (Read 3548 times)
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« on: January 16, 2014, 10:09:36 PM »

Just read Jims book Paradox, where he discusses and takes apart in some detail nine enigmas that have confronted physics through history. Olbers paradox, Fermis, and others are explained in the way Jim Al-Khalili seems so at ease with. If you like quantum weirdness, cosmology and time travel plus lots more, this is a cracking read.

Also in the middle of Pathfinders, a look at Arabic science through the ages, with a good historical grounding of the last 6 thousand years or so of relationships in the middle east. I have always found the world of Islam hard to fathom, but this cuts through the fog like nothing else I have read.

I think Jim Al-Khalili is as good if not better than John Gribben at bringing complex ideas to numpties like me.

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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2014, 10:38:22 PM »

The Iranian Comedian? ralph
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2014, 11:16:49 PM »

I think you're thinking of Omid djalili.  Grin

j al-khalili in on bbc R4 quite regularly (and poss some bbc tv documentaries?).
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2014, 09:23:49 AM »

Martin did follow his comment with a  ralph, but...
j al-khalili in on bbc R4 quite regularly
"BBC Radio 4 - The Life Scientific": http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b015sqc7

There is a big archive of past editions. Great stuff.  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2014, 09:28:29 AM »

The Iranian Comedian? ralph

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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2014, 12:12:04 PM »

I have just read his book Quantum a guide for the perplexed. Thoroughly enjoyed it.  As you say Desp a good read for the not terribly bright but still confusing for me!! tumble
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2014, 12:23:54 PM »

Same as that Tod, Grin

I take solace from a quote by Richard Feynman, "If you think you understand quantum theory, you don't understand it" Cool

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